Resource Exploration Engineering
Resource exploration engineering refers to the geological, technical, economic and environmental aspects of the mineral resources assessment and natural resources exploration process. It meets the needs of sustainable development of mineral exploration and is a comprehensive application specialty, combined with geological theory, modern resource exploration technology, mining economy and environment, mining policy and regulations. It is linked with engineering and geology.
Resource exploration engineering students mainly study basic theories and basic knowledge of basic geology, geological applications, and modern resource exploration techniques. They need basic training in resource geological surveys, indoor and outdoor mineral exploration. Resource exploration engineering graduates have the basic ability to comprehensively analyze geology and mineral resources. They can study the geological characteristics, mineral distribution and industrial value of the area, and conduct resource evaluation and management of mineral resources.
Resource exploration engineering courses include mineralogy and petrology, paleontology and stratigraphy, structural geology, mineral deposits, energy geology, resource exploration science, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry, resource management and assessment.
Students with a degree in resource exploration engineering can choose to work in two areas, one for solid mineral exploration and the other for oil and gas geological exploration. Graduates can engage in research and teaching in relevant research institutions or universities, or engage in resource exploration in enterprises and institutions, and choose to become geological engineers, geophysical energy miners, senior geological engineers, geological exploration engineers, technical engineers, general manager, and mining engineer.
WHAT IS THE CAREER PROSPECT OF A RESOURCE EXPLORATION ENGINEERING DEGREE?
1. Geological engineer
Geological engineering involves geology, civil engineering, and mining, forestry, and geography. These engineers apply earth science to human problems. Many of these experts advise engineering or environmental companies. Many people are employed in the road sector, environmental agencies, forest services and hydropower operations.
2. Mining Engineer
Mining engineers are involved in all phases of the project. Before developing a new site, they will assess their feasibility and assist in planning the structure of the mine. Mining engineers ensure the safe and effective development of mines and other ground and underground operations. This role combines an understanding of the impact of these structures on the surrounding environment, as well as technical and management skills. They also manage and supervise the mining production process and participate in the final shutdown and recovery process. Mining engineers use their remote science and technology skills to extract minerals from the earth, making them a multidisciplinary role.
3. Drilling engineer
Drilling engineers develop, plan, cost and supervise the operations required to drill oil and gas wells. They range from initial good design to testing, completion, and abandonment. Engineers can use on land, offshore platforms or mobile drilling equipment, and can be operating oil companies, professional drilling contractors or service companies. This role can include managing drilling and service contracts, engineering design, well planning and on-site supervision of the drilling team. Drilling engineers are critical to the oil industry, managing safe and efficient drilling to purchase oil or natural gas.
Mineralogy and Petrology
Common skills gained from this degree
- Assessing the commercial viability
- Undertaking feasibility studies
- Modeling or designing
- Specialist software to support planning programs
- Monitoring activities underground